The basic unit of a lifetime is a single day. And a single day in our careers is made up of certain acts which each of us must perform. We need only perform successfully each act of a single day to enjoy a successful day. Repeat this each day for a week, and you have a successful week. If you will only do each day the things you know you should do each day and do them as successfully as you possibly can, you will be successful all the years of your life. You don’t have to run around in circles trying to do a great many things. Don’t try to do tomorrows or next week’s work today. Just do today’s as best you can and leave tomorrows for tomorrow. That is really all there is to it The important thing is not to slight a single act during the day, because sometimes we do not know how really important some little act may be. The minute one rises in the morning, he is faced with certain things to do. He should be cheerful, for example. A person has the choice of being cheerful or sad. With these two alternatives, no one with any sense or understanding of life would choose to be unhappy. Then there is our work. Have you ever thought how boring and uneventful life would be without our work? Here again, work consists of a series of things to do.
We have only to perform each one as best we can to be successful all day long. Finally, if we can go to bed again in the comforting knowledge that we have done the best we could do for that one day, we can know that we are successful. As Emerson put it: “Self-trust is the first secret of success, the belief that if you are here the authorities of the universe put you here, and for a cause.”
Your job, then, is to play out the role you have undertaken to the best of your ability. Success is nothing more nor less than this. We only become dull and bored and uneasy with others and ourselves when we shirk what we know full well we should be doing. The happiest and most contented people are those who each day performs to the best of their ability. The truth about success is long overdue. There is nothing mysterious about it. Success can be predicted and measured with mathematical precision and will come to us in the exact degree of the effectiveness with which we love each day. B Bop